Side Effects of Paracetamol

Few drugs are so present in our lives as acetaminophen, the painkiller found in many cold remedies and Tylenol for a headache. But recently, a U.S. federal advisory committee raised concerns about liver damage that can occur with overuse of paracetamol. The panel came to recommend that the FDA (Food and Drug Administration, the agency that regulates food and drugs in the United States) bars the sale of two popular prescription drugs, Vicodin and Percocet, as containing the substance. Read the rest of this entry »

Questions and Answers About Cancer - Part 3

What is the treatment of cancer?

Cancer treatment can be done by surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy, used alone or combined, depending on the cell type of the organ of origin and the degree of tumor invasion.
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Questions and Answers About Cancer - Part 2

Every tumor is cancer?

No. Not every tumor is cancer. The word corresponds to an increase in tumor volume observed in any part of the body. When the tumor occurs by growth of cells, it is called cancer - which can be benign or malignant. Unlike cancer that is malignant, benign neoplasms have their growth in an organized way, usually slow, and has sharper boundaries. They either invade surrounding tissues or metastases develop. The lipoma and myoma are examples of benign tumors.

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Questions and Answers About Cancer - Part 1

What is cancer?

Cancer is a group of diseases characterized by loss of control of cell division and the ability to invade other organic structures.
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Skin self-examination

What is the skin self-examination?

It is a simple method to detect early skin cancer, including melanoma. If diagnosed and treated when the tumor has not deeply invaded the skin, skin cancer can be cured.
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Skin Cancer Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, also called non-melanoma skin cancer, types of skin cancer most frequently (70% and 25% respectively). However, despite high rates of incidence, the non-melanoma skin cancer have high cure rates, mainly due to the ease of early diagnosis.

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Infrared light can be a weapon against cancer, says study

An infrared light treatment may be a promising tool in fighting cancer, according to researchers in the United States. The study, published in the journal “Nature Medicine” shows how a drug could be coupled to tumors, only being activated when struck by infrared rays. The treatment would therefore be more accurate than the current without damaging surrounding tissues.

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Scientific discovery could lead to vaccine for melioidosis

A scientific discovery may lead to production of a vaccine against melioidosis, deadly tropical disease that infects millions of people worldwide. The study appears in the journal “Science” on Friday. An international team of scientists showed how a toxin produced by the bacterium Burkholderia pseudomallei (known as Whitmore’s bacillus), destroys human cells, preventing protein synthesis and inhibiting the growth of bacteria that causes melioidosis.

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Soybeans can help fight obesity, says study

Spanish scientists demonstrated the anti-obesity properties and hepatoprotective of isoflavones, substances of plant origin found primarily in soybeans and act similarly to certain hormones that the human body secretes, as estrogens. The study, conducted by members of Ciberobn (Biomedical Research Centre Network-Pathophysiology of Obesity and Nutrition) Foundation Imabis of Malaga, was tested in rodents and published in the December issue of the journal “British Journal of Pharmacology.”

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European experts say they have found a gene associated with an increased need for sleep

A study involving more than 10 000 people from several European countries who have concluded that the gene ABCC9 need about 30 minutes of sleep per night. According to research published in the journal “Molecular Psychiatry”, one in five Europeans carries the gene. The University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, Germany, say the discovery may help explain behaviors associated with sleep.

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